How to Survive the Loss of a Child: Filling the Emptiness and Rebuilding Your Life

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Aug 17, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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"Thank you, Catherine Sanders, for giving us a book that few others could have written. Every page speaks both the depth of your compassion and the breadth of your knowledge. This book will be a wise companion on the difficult journey from loss to recovery."
— Robert Kastenbaum, Ph.D., author of The Psychology of Death
"How to Survive the Loss of a Child is a godsend to those in the field as well as to those of us in need of such a resource for our own mourning."
— Eugene Knott, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
"Dr. Sanders' insights are profound and poignant."
— Patricia Geiger, M.D., pediatrician, Boone, North Carolina
"Thank you so much for all that you do for bereaved parents but especially for writing How to Survive the Loss of a Child. I know that it has changed lives. It changed mine!"
— Nancy Ulmer, bereaved parent, Kindermourn, Charlotte, North Carolina
It is only through experiencing grief that bereaved parents ultimately heal. Moving through the phases of grief, the bereaved person works toward restoration. Understanding these phases, knowing what to expect, and learning what they can do to help themselves give parents greater assurance and comfort.
In How to Survive the Loss of a Child, Dr. Sanders, a bereaved parent herself, offers grieving parents practical help and emotional support. This book also helps family members, friends, and caregivers relate to grieving parents and aids them, too, in understanding the process of healing through grief.

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User Review  - Angie Reyes - Goodreads

This book helped me a lot. I can understand what I'm going through out using the phrase "going crazy." I personally wish though I wasn't in a situation where I had to read it. Read full review

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Given to me by my Aunt Joyce, this book helped me when I was grasping for answers during one of the most tragic times in my life. Read full review


The Ultimate Ihagedy Chapter 2 The Five Phases of Grief
Dealing with Guilt and Anger
Unresolved Grief
How Families Grieve
Horrendous Deaths
Loss of the Unborn and Newly Born
The Importance of Mourning Rituals
Surviving the Emptiness
Beginning to Live Once More
Finding Joy After the Pain
How We Can Help Ourselves
Providing the Best Support

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About the author (2011)

Catherine M. Sanders, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in bereavement. Her previous book, Grief: The Mourning After, was chosen as the outstanding book in its field by the National Library Association.

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